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"This clear and elegant new translation is the work of A. N. D. Haksar, a former Indian diplomat and a well-known translator of Sanskrit classics. It’s worth attending to, and not merely because Valentine’s Day is nearly here, and your partner might find this sleek new Penguin Classics edition an intellectual aphrodisiac, though it contains no erotic illustrations, except several sublime ones on its cover. (For a certain audience, all Penguin Classics are trance-inducing objects of lust.)" — Dwight Garner, The New York Times

About the Author

Vatsyayana's given name was Mallanaga and he was most likely from the Madhya Desha, once India's cultural heartland. He lives sometime between the first and third centuries.

A.N.D. Haksar
is a well-known translator of Sanskrit classics, many of which have been published by Penguin Classics.

Malika Favre
is a French graphic designer and illustrator based in London.
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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Deluxe edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143106597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143106593
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Burt Thorp on March 15, 2012
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Comparing this Haskar translation from Penguin with the earlier Oxford (2002) translation by Doniger & Kakar: I prefer the Doniger version because it more scholarly with lots of interesting notes, some translated from Sanskrit commentaries, and a good introduction. Both translations are readable, though Haskar has a slight habit of using older diction, such as "abode" and "sexual union" (instead of Doniger's "sex") or "gentleman" instead of "man-about-town." (Of course, this does bring to mind GQ, a good target for his book!) Haskar's introduction briefly discusses the rationale for his translation method: "literary" rather than "literal." The Kama Sutra is not so much a sex manual as it is a source for understanding (male and youth) urban lifestyle at a period in ancient India.
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"A gorgeous deluxe edition" The cover certainly is, but that's the only place you'll find Malika Favre's lovely work. This book is not illustrated.
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The book is great, beautiful, well bounded and the cover is perfect, the only problem is that it is mate finished and because of that and the storage of the book, the one i received has some marks and scrach marks, it's very superficial but i woud've liked to have it i better state
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Gorgeous cover and that's all I really cared about with this purchase. Buy if only for the collectible nature of this volume.
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The cover gives the impression it's an illustrated book. Besides that, the trimming was awful.
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